Annual Report of the State Department of Health of Maine. 1886

Annual Report of the State Department of Health of Maine. 1886

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...case, some of these children joined other children at play in a field. One of the children, who met these convalescents, took the disease and died in thirty-six hours after the first symptom. His sister, who worked two miles distant where there were children, attended the funeral. Returning, she gave the disease to her employer's children, who all recovered; and she called at a neighbor's house where there were four children, all of whom took the disease, and two of whom died within forty-eight hours of their first sickness. This seems to be positive evidence that scarlet fever is infectious. We thus, as is illustrated by these two histories, have negative evidence which seems to indicate that scarlet fever is not infectious, and positive evidence which seems to show that the same disease is infectious; and this is true of every other disease which passes as contagious, not excepting small-pox; for even this disease for many years was not thought to be infectious, but was supposed to be due to atmospheric influences. Sydenham, although giving much atti-D-tion to small-pox, did not discorer this characteristic of the disease. Exact science is far enough advanced to justify us in regarding the causes of all infectious diseases as microscopic germs, which, in producing the disease, grow and multiply within the animal or human organism. On the part of these germs, when they have been introduced into the system, there is an aggressive power which differs with each specific form. To illustrate: The aggressive power of the bacillus of anthrax is such lhat it can successfully and promptly attack and produce disease in mammals generally, regardless of species. Tuberculosis, experimentally at least, can be made tardily to attack almost all of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236669762
  • 9781236669766